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U-18s: Arsenal v Sheffield Wednesday - The Brief

THE STORY SO FAR

With Kwame Ampadu’s side currently on a five-match winning run, our under-18s will be keen to continue their great run of form in the FA Youth Cup.

We head into Wednesday night’s tie following a 3-0 win on the road at Swansea, and have scored 20 goals in our last five matches, beating Wolves, Norwich, Tottenham, Stoke and the Swans in the process.

THE OPPOSITION

The Owls have endured a tough season so far and sit in 9th place in the under-18 Professional Development League North, having picked up just five wins in 15 games.

Despite this, they are heading into this tie off the back of a 4-0 win at home against Barnsley and will be hoping that the cup provides some respite to a challenging start to the season.

ONE TO WATCH

With six goals so far for Ampadu’s side this season, Tyreece John-Jules has impressed enough to earn opportunities with Steve Gatting’s under-23s.

The forward struck in our under-23s’ 3-2 loss at Tottenham, curling the ball home in fine fashion.

In our last game against Swansea, John-Jules picked up an impressive strike late on, sending the ball past the goalkeeper on the half-volley.


LAST TIME WE MET

 

We haven’t faced Sheffield Wednesday at youth level before, but do have history with them involving our academy players.

When Arsene Wenger’s side faced the Owls in the League Cup back in 2015, Alex Iwobi made his first start, Glen Kamara, Ismael Bennacer and Krystian Bielik were all handed their debuts, while Matt Macey and Ben Sheaf made the bench.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

We will be providing a full post-match report following the game.